While soccer is usually played with 11 players on each side, the United States played Italy to a tie with 9 men to Italy’s 10.
It was an amazingly competitive game, and I couldn’t be more proud of my team. They overcame some great odds and earned their first point in a European-hosted World Cup. It wasn’t the 2-0 or 3-2 win that I had expected, but under the circumstances, I’ll take it.
Next up: Ghana, who beat the Czech Republic 2-0 earlier today. If the United States can win against Ghana, and if Italy beats the Czechs, the United States can move on to the 2nd round. Thursday’s games are going to be watched closely.